High blood pressure? Eat a bowl of yoghurt to get it in control

Wondering what foods could help lower your blood pressure? Add yoghurt to your diet and see how it improves your health.=
High blood pressure? Eat a bowl of yoghurt to get it in controlHigh blood pressure? Eat a bowl of yoghurt to get it in control
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A cardiovascular disease, hypertension is one of the leading sedentary disorders that affect people all across the globe. What’s worrisome is that it has no clear signs and once it reaches an optimum level, it can directly lead to stroke and heart attack. A study, in the American Journal of Hypertension, which is published by Oxford University Press, found that two servings of yoghurt per week reduced the risk of heart attack by 30 per cent in women and 19 per cent in men.

A good source of potassium, yoghurt aids in the functioning of the kidney and helps lower down the blood pressure by at least 16 per cent. That’s not all. A bowl of yoghurt contains probiotics which improve digestion. Dr Charu Dua, HOD, Nutrition and Dietetics at Max Healthcare says, “We all know The DASH diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products, whole grains, fish, poultry, beans, seeds and nuts.”

“A study recently conducted says yoghurt helps reduce the blood pressure. The fact is that you are unlikely to reduce your risk of high blood pressure just by adding yoghurt to your diet. It is when yoghurt is part of a diet plan designed to reduce high blood pressure, which also has a positive effect on helping you reach a healthy weight, that it appears to have the most benefit. It is a holistic approach.”

“The association between dairy consumption, particularly yoghurt, and blood pressure may be explained by its nutrient content. Yoghurt contains high concentrations of proteins (casein and whey proteins), as well as calcium, magnesium, potassium and vitamin D, all of which have been linked to regulation of blood pressure. During the fermentation process used to make yoghurt, biologically active peptides are formed and these too have been quite effective,” Dr Dua adds.

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The effects of high intakes of total dairy (milk, ice cream, cheese and yoghurt), milk, and cheese was also evaluated in the study.

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